Brazilian winger born Givanildo Vieira de Souza, he joined Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2012 after making 100 appearances for FC Porto. He became a member of the Brazilian national team in 2009 and he was one of Brazil's top performers at the 2014 World Cup. In 2016, he joined Shanghai SIPG in a record deal.
He made his professional debut at age 18 with FC Vitoria after two seasons with the club's junior team.
He helped the Brazilian national team win a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Championship.
He and his wife, Iran Souza had two sons, Ian and Tiago.
He became teammates with Thiago Silva on Brazil's national team.